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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Source: From publisher
Publication Date: 16 Jun 2010
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1933718277
Format: Paperback
Pages: 324
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban – Official Site
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban – Blog
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban – Twitter
Place(s) Traveled to: Kingdom of Zelita in Xaren-Ra // Davis, California
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: The arrow knows the way. Just let it free.
Two Moon Princess Series Order
Book 1 – Two Moon Princess
Book 2 – ??

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is a book that I really wanted to like. It had many elements in a book that I enjoy…there was the medieval aspect of Xaren-Ra and then there was this magical door that bridged two different worlds.The execution however never really lived up. The beginning was a bit slow and Andrea’s character seemed to flip-flop starting with a strong girl who wanted to be a knight and then turning into a more passive personality in her mother’s court. Then she finds this door to California and learns all sorts of family secrets. 
She is also able to learn English in a day with just a few tapes and books and yet it takes her about a week to learn to use a fork. Seriously?? Its also ridiculously easy to get into school if you are a princess from a world that know one can know exists. All you have to do is show up, you are enrolled and you even get a single room. Then there is the insta-love. Heaven save me from this overly used plot device!! Although this one was just one-sided and I have no idea what it was about John that attracted Andrea to him as he was a bit of an ass. This just increased when by accident Andrea and John are transported back to her world and he then seems to fall in love with her older sister who is engaged to a neighboring king who isn’t happy about this and so declares war.

Andrea then decides that its all her fault and she must save the day and so she goes back to being a strong character like she was at the beginning. All the characters really flip-flop a lot in terms of their personalities. The only one who seems to remain consistent is her father and he’s usually all bluster and rage and girls shouldn’t do anything unladylike. Grumble grumble grumble. Despite the almost constant personality changes its when the war begins that I actually began to like to book. There was more action, movement and purpose to the plot line and I finally became interested in the story.  Although I think I would have preferred the book to be over when I turned the final page instead of being book 1 in a series. Because as of now I am not sure where the story has left to go as all the main story lines were all wrapped up. Though I may check out the sequel once it is available.
Two Moon Princess isn’t a book for everyone. There was much eye rolling and the need to suspend belief…and not just because there was a portal between two worlds either! It takes some time to get into the story but I think the ending is worth it.

3 Responses to “Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban”

  1. Lauren M

    Hmm, yeah, I’m with bermudaonion. The concept sounds cool, but if the characters and story aren’t solid…I might hold off.

  2. Caspette

    As I am in a terribly nit picky mood of late with books its probably best I give this one a miss.

    As always I enjoy your review as its nice and honest.